August brings literally hundreds and hundreds of hummingbirds to this area as they migrate south to Central America. You can see as many as 250 of them in a single day at the Nature Station, Land Between the Lakes (LBL).  Join in the celebration of this natural spectacle and watch the backyard beauties as they buzz around the native gardens, fueling up for the next leg of their long journey. The event is all day on both August 4 & 5. The Nature Station is at 3146 Silver Trail Road, Cadiz.

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird migration peaks at LBL in August. “This festival is a wonderful time for people to see and learn about these powerful birds,” says Nature Station Lead Naturalist John Pollpeter. “A large number of hummingbirds stop here on their way south to Central America and up to 250 might visit our feeders in a single day.”

Check out hummingbird banding demonstrations that will be ongoing all weekend as biologists catch, tag, and release hummingbirds as part of a long-term research project. Discover how you can help hummingbirds and other migrating wildlife such as monarchs, bats, dragonflies, and songbirds right at your own home!

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Stroll through the outdoor gallery of local wildlife artists, stop by the native plant sale, and enjoy programs, demonstrations, a hummingbird gift shop, and kids’ crafts and games! Plan on spending the whole day by bringing a picnic, or stopping by their onsite food vendor. 

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Weekend Highlights include:

Saturday, August 4

• Ongoing from 10am - 4:30pm          Hummingbird Banding and Release Demonstrations with licensed banders Brainard Palmer-Ball and Mark Monroe
• Hummingbird Huddle: Join a naturalist at the Pergola for a short program and Q&A on the star of the weekend: the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Programs are once an hour. 
• 10am                         Hummingbird Photo Contest 2017 Winners Ceremony 
• 10:30am                    Care of Wintering Hummingbirds with Teresa Gemeinhardt, nature photographer
• 11:30am                    Beekeeping Basics with Scott Sutton from the Houston-Stewart County Beekeepers Association
• 12:30pm                    Dive Into Backyard Dragonflies
• 1:30pm                      Rest Stops for Ruby-throats: Landscaping for Migrating Birds and Butterflies with botanist Alicia Bosela, owner of Ironweed Native Plant Nursery
• 2:30pm                      Attracting Bluebirds with Bob Peak from the Kentucky Bluebird Society
• 3:30pm                      Bats in the Backyard
• 4:30pm                      Parade of Raptors

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Sunday, August 5

• Ongoing from 10am - 4:30pm – Hummingbird Banding and Release Demonstrations with licensed banders Brainard Palmer-Ball and Mark Monroe
• Hummingbird Huddle: Join a naturalist at the Pergola for a short program and Q&A on the star of the weekend: the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Programs are once an hour.
• 11am                         Caring for Winter Hummingbirds with Teresa Gemeinhardt, nature photographer
• 12pm                         Helping Migrating Monarch Butterflies with Bena Travis, monarch conservationist
• 1pm                           Attracting Bluebirds with Bob Peak from the Kentucky Bluebird Society
• 2pm                           Dive Into Backyard Dragonflies 
• 3pm                           Attracting Purple Martins
• 4:30pm                      Parade of Raptors

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This event is $7 for ages 13 & up; $5 for ages 5 - 12; free for ages 4 and under. Visit the website for more information.